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  • Summary: In the bold and often-bloody Dead Space gamers step into a third-person sci-fi survival horror experience that delivers psychological thrills and gruesome action. Set in the cold blackness of deep space, the atmosphere is soaked with a feeling of tension, dread and sheer terror. In DeadIn the bold and often-bloody Dead Space gamers step into a third-person sci-fi survival horror experience that delivers psychological thrills and gruesome action. Set in the cold blackness of deep space, the atmosphere is soaked with a feeling of tension, dread and sheer terror. In Dead Space, players step into the role of engineer Isaac Clarke – an ordinary man on a seemingly routine mission to fix the communications systems aboard a deep space mining ship. It is not long before Isaac awakes to a living nightmare when he learns that the ship's crew has been ravaged by a vicious alien infestation. He must fight through the dead silence and darkness of deep space to stay alive. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  • Developer: EA Redwood Shores
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Shooter, Third-Person, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi, Arcade
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 79
  2. Negative: 0 out of 79
  1. 100
    It's easily the best survival horror game since the masterful "Resident Evil 4" and it sets the bar high for graphics, sound, and scares in its respective genre. Dead Space is an artistic nightmare clearly designed for survival horror fans by a passionate and dedicated team of like-minded gamers. Just be sure to play it with the lights on.
  2. There are no downsides to Dead Space, the story is intense, the graphics are great, sound is perfect, action sequences are intense and the list goes on.
  3. Dead Space is essentially your opportunity to play through a sci-fi horror flick; which is just about every gamer’s fantasy. It is a near-perfect package for those looking for to get their survival horror fix.
  4. 90
    Dead Space is easily the most atmospherically intense, genuinely scary and well-built survival horror experience of this current generation.
  5. Dead Space is one of best Survival Horror releases in years. Tense, violent and incredibly aggressive; playing it at night with a loud 5.1 sound system can provide you the most spectacular scare moments of your life.
  6. Dead Space is a fairly linear affair that will take most gamers a little over ten hours to complete. However, it is one hell of a ride.
  7. A few standard scare tactics (dramatic music, flickering lights) and gory battles may satisfy hardened fans of horror, but loot-hunting and taxi missions will likely haunt your dreams more than the given monstrosities of death.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 155
  1. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    I think that the atmosphere in this game does it all. The sound effects are simply amazing and the enemies never stop to surprise me when II think that the atmosphere in this game does it all. The sound effects are simply amazing and the enemies never stop to surprise me when I am playing. The graphics are really well done and I often found myself completly "in character" because of this. Everything is top notch! I cannot wait for the sequel. Expand
  2. GR
    Oct 28, 2008
    10
    This game is extremely underrated. It's one of the best games I've played on the 360. The story is incredibly well told, the This game is extremely underrated. It's one of the best games I've played on the 360. The story is incredibly well told, the gameplay is well-paced, and the graphics are gorgeous. Doesn't get any better than that. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2011
    10
    Dead Space is a much needed breath of fresh air to the survival horror genre. There is hardly anything this game didn't do right. The graphicsDead Space is a much needed breath of fresh air to the survival horror genre. There is hardly anything this game didn't do right. The graphics are on par with the best in the industry and do a very good job creating a dark, mysterious, and all around scary atmosphere. The sound is done very well and further enhances the atmosphere. The controls are the best out of any third person shooter I have ever played. Lastly, the story is pretty solid, as long as you pay attention to it. I see a lot of reviews that criticize this game for lacking in story, which I simply do not understand. The game is full of logs and audio diaries that tell perfectly how everything came to be. Simply put, this game is spectacular. Frankly, I don't understand how anyone could say otherwise, but I guess it is just a matter of opinion. This game actually exceeded my expectations and definitely deserves a 10/10. Expand
  4. BossJediMonkey
    Oct 23, 2008
    9
    This is the Bioshock of 2008. Takes all the great gameplay elements from other games, Resident Evit 4, Half Life 2, Doom 3, Metroid Prime and This is the Bioshock of 2008. Takes all the great gameplay elements from other games, Resident Evit 4, Half Life 2, Doom 3, Metroid Prime and makes a game greater than the sum of it's parts. It will scare you. You will have nightmares after finishing it. But you'll want to play it again and again. Expand
  5. Feb 11, 2011
    9
    This is the first game I've played in a while. It was cool being 'into' a game again. The story line was good, and the graphics and levelsThis is the first game I've played in a while. It was cool being 'into' a game again. The story line was good, and the graphics and levels were great. Very good controls and audio. My only thing with it was maybe a little bit drawn out, but after beating it, it didn't seem so bad. I really liked the safe/inventory feature. I'm working on unlocking all the achievements now. I don't count on getting all of them! Looking forward to playing the sequel. Expand
  6. Oct 9, 2016
    8
    Just now playing for the first time in late 2016... Fun, dreadful atmosphere best experienced with earbuds and lights off. Great game lookingJust now playing for the first time in late 2016... Fun, dreadful atmosphere best experienced with earbuds and lights off. Great game looking forward to playing the rest of the series. Expand
  7. Mar 3, 2011
    0
    Not scary, rip's off just about every horror ever made, the gameplay didn't make it for me, and it's trying to make us feel sorry for someoneNot scary, rip's off just about every horror ever made, the gameplay didn't make it for me, and it's trying to make us feel sorry for someone with a bucket on their head and their mouth's taped shut.
    What a pathetic escuse for a horror-game.
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